How to Apply

**Academic Requirement changes were made effective with the 2021 application cycle and are reflected in bold italics. Changes due to COVID-19 are reflected in the red text**


The MD Program seeks diverse, high-achieving students who have excellent academic records paired with evidence of a commitment to serving others. Our goal is to support and direct our students to become skilled, empathetic physicians who are leaders in their chosen field. 


Wake Forest School of Medicine receives more than 9,000 applications each year, with 145 applicants chosen to matriculate. Applicants are considered based on their academic and personal qualifications, with attention given to the values of Wake Forest School of Medicine. These values include excellence, compassion, service, integrity, diversity, collegiality and innovation.

Wake Forest School of Medicine does not accept applicants for transfer or for admission with advanced standing (i.e., transfer students).

Important Admissions Dates

Submitting an Application

Prospective students interested in pursuing the MD program are required to apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), the American Association of Medical Colleges’ (AAMC’s) centralized medical school application processing service. Only applications that are verified by AMCAS are processed to the Office of Admissions.

Required Documents

All of the following must be submitted through the AMCAS application to be considered:

  • Transcripts
  • Work experience, extracurricular activities, awards
  • Letters of Evaluation (All letters of evaluation are due December 14, 2020)
  • Personal Comments essay
  • MCAT® exam scores

Letters of Evaluation

All letters of evaluation should be submitted via the AMCAS Letter Service. The Committee on Admissions prefers a Premedical Committee report or letter packet. While the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) lists 6 as the maximum number of letters we accept, your file is marked as complete once your letter packet/committee letter or two letters of recommendation are received.

Secondary Application

When the AMCAS application is verified, applicants will receive instructions by email for completing the WFSM MD Secondary Application. 

All applicants are sent a secondary application; however, applicants must have a 502 MCAT and a 3.2 science/BCPM GPA to be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions. Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate science GPA of a 3.2 and have completed at least 15 hours of either post-baccalaureate or graduate science coursework be reviewed by the Dean of Admissions upon receipt of the secondary application. The highest MCAT attempt is reviewed.

 

There is a $125 Secondary Application fee. The $125 secondary application fee is waived for those who receive the AMCAS fee waiver. We highly recommend that students review the previous year’s class profile to determine if their application is competitive and if returning a secondary application is in their best interest. Secondary applications due by November 30, 2020; however, it is in an applicant’s best interest to turn it in as soon as possible for review purposes. We accept Visa, MC and Discover for the application fee.

Application Review and Processing

Before your file can be marked complete and ready for review by the Committee on Admissions you must

  • Return your secondary application, including Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores
  • Upload all letters of evaluation to AMCAS
  • Release your CASPer scores to Wake Forest School of Medicine

    The Office of Student Admissions does not accept grade or coursework updates after the AMCAS application has been submitted. You can submit updates through your applicant portal to be placed in your file, but we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions.

    Applications marked complete will be reviewed continuously through the interview season (August through February). 

    Interview Process

    Given the need to conduct interviews safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wake Forest School of Medicine is requiring invited applicants to complete the Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to assess five of the core competencies that our admissions committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. In addition to utilizing the AAMC VITA, we will be hosting virtual sessions where invited applicants will have an opportunity to speak with faculty, students, and staff and ask questions about our MD program.

    When an interview invitation is extended, the applicant will receive an email notification from the admissions office to schedule their virtual session and an interview invitation from HireVue, the video interviewing platform. The AAMC VITA is an online one-way interview that you will only have to complete once. It can be completed in a location and at a time most convenient for you during the interview window. Free preparation materials, including an Applicant Preparation Guide are available through the AAMC. A practice test will be available from the AAMC starting in mid-July. You are encouraged to prepare for this in the same way you would prepare for an in-person interview. In light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no fees for the AAMC VITA interview for the AMCAS 2021 season.  Please note that we have a pool of raters who will be scoring each of the questions. 

    It is required for all applicants invited to interview to complete the AAMC VITA and virtual session before having their application reviewed by our Committee on Admissions for a final decision.  Invites for interview will be sent on a rolling basis between August and March.  Applicants should complete the AAMC VITA prior to attending their virtual session.  Failure to complete these requirements in the prescribed timeframe will lead to the applicant’s application being withdrawn from consideration.

    Early Decision Program

    Application for Early Decision can be made through AMCAS from June 1 to August 1.

    Early Decision candidates are informed of their program status in September and offers of acceptance made by October 1.

    The Early Decision Program gives medical school applicants the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1, while still allowing sufficient time to apply to other schools if you are not accepted. Wake Forest School of Medicine participates in the AAMC Early Decision Program. For more information, please visit the AAMC's website.

    Early Decision applicants will still be considered and must submit their AMCAS application by August 3. If you are unable to receive an MCAT score by the first week in September, note that you can contact us and we will move your application to our regular applicant pool and immediately allow you to apply to other medical schools.